Take My Hands


Take My Hands leverages a supply chain of spare capacity to collect medical equipment in New Zealand – and deliver it to people in developing countries that need it most.


Janette Searle
Carol Searle
Linda Gray

Carol and Janette met at National Women’s Hospital in Auckland in April 1971. Linda and Carol met through professional circles and the trio solidified their connections through a project focused on peer support and mentoring of female senior managers.

Janette began the first project that provided the foundation for Take My Hands in 2010 and, seeing the potential, invited Carol and Linda to join her in forming a charitable trust.

Carol was the Director General of Disability Support Services at the Ministry of Health and is currently CEO of a major NGO provider in the health and disability sector. Linda is an award-winning accountant, and Janette is a project and business manager, currently working for the Toi Ora Live Art Trust.




Take My Hands are creating impact in two ways:

  • Reducing waste by redistributing equipment and health related materials.
  • Creating health and wellbeing improvements for those in need.

Launchpad goals

The team is planning to:

  • Consolidate their existing work.
  • Develop a strong plan and support for phase two of their enterprise – setting up a workshop space to repair and refurbish equipment.
  • Develop a strong plan and support for expanding their work with hubs in other countries.

Find out more

Visit the Take My Hands website.

You can also read a profile and watch a video on New Zealand Herald.